These next posts will probably be brief and to the point. You might wonder why I even bother. One reason is that we have such a great number of people following this, and then praying. The other reason is that now I just have to wait. I might as well let others know what’s going on here. The surgery went very well. They were able to do everything they wanted to do. They removed one very large clot and several smaller ones. The filter is in place, so they do not know where the clots came from. He had very low blood pressure for four hours, so there are concerns regarding the kidneys from that.
There is also now an issue with the head wound. It looks infected today for the first time. The neurosurgeons will aspirate it and may end up going in again and clean it out. That may happen as soon as the cardiac people allow it. Dr. Meyer is dumbfounded by all this and said that he has never seen anything like it. He also commended the cardiac surgeon’s quick work, saying that if it had not been so fast Mike would be dead by now. On the positive side, the swelling in the brain is almost gone and all the blood from the AVM surgery is gone, which explains the great progress he was making in rehab.
He will be on the ventilator for about the next 24 hours. After that they will wake him up and see how his neuorological functioning is. Between now and then we can just wait and pray.